Archive for October 27th, 2009

James Parriott Interview

27th October 2009 by Maura McHugh

On the BBC Writersroom web site there is an extensive interview with US screenwriter and showrunner James Parriott (Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Sons of Anarchy).

In it he talks about pitching, how the Writers’ Room works in America for creating television series, and the changes he foresees in how television programmes will be funded in the coming years.

The piece is well worth reading.

Digital Theatre Download

27th October 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Stage reports that theatrical live productions from prestigious companies, filmed in high definition, will be available to download from a new web site called Digital Theatre.

Launching this week, the first two productions to available to buy will be English Touring Theatre’s Far From the Madding Crowd, recorded at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, and The Container, presented in association with the Young Vic and Amnesty International. Currently, Digital Theatre is working with five partner theatre companies – the RSC, Young Vic, Royal Court, ETT and the Almeida Theatre Company.

The initiative has been set up by theatre director Robert Delamere and TV and radio producer Tom Shaw. Five shows will be made available in the first season, with future productions due to be announced and available for download shortly. Royalties from the shows will be paid to the theatres involved, as well as creatives and performers and agreements have been reached between Digital Theatre and Equity and Bectu over payments to participants.

ETT director Rachel Tackley said the filmed version of its show “cleverly captures the raw energy and dynamism of the live production”, while Royal Court director Dominic Cooke said that “the potential of digital technology to connect with a worldwide audience is genuinely exciting.”